Columbia Students Taking Questions

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by Nebby » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:26 am

yes

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by Saami » Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:56 pm

I know some Hamilton decisions came out today. If anyone granted a Hamilton is lurking here, congratulations! Feel free to ask me questions. I was in your position last year and it was a tough decision, at least for me, to choose the Hamilton over HYS.

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by chetobeto » Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:18 pm

Hi friends,

I was recently accepted and got an interview invite for the Richard Paul Richman Leadership Fellowship. Does anybody have any insight into the process? The email states that if selected we'll receive at least 65k distributed over the 3 years. Does this imply that you could get more money? As in a half scholarship or a full one or anything in between?

I'm just not sure if it says at least 65k, but in reality, all you get is 65k. I've tried to find info on this Fellowship but I couldn't find much on the internet.

I'm assuming this invite is probably easier to get than a Hamilton or a Butler. Maybe for people who they are considering giving some aid, but not want to give all of that $?

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by insidelet18 » Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:39 pm

Hi all!

So what's the deal if we were accepted to Columbia but did not receive a Hamilton or Butler scholarship?

Do they consider giving a merit-based scholarship like other schools do? If so, does anyone know what that process is like (timeline, forms, negotiations)?

Thanks!

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by 1515 » Sat Jan 19, 2019 2:13 pm

Yes, and sometimes the combo of merit and need scholarship they give can exceed Butler. Last cycle they were really really late with aid, it was bullshit.

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by nidoking » Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:02 pm

1515 wrote:
Sat Jan 19, 2019 2:13 pm
Yes, and sometimes the combo of merit and need scholarship they give can exceed Butler. Last cycle they were really really late with aid, it was bullshit.
When you say really really late, do you mean even later than April (which is what it says on the "Financial Aid Timeline" on their website and already seems pretty damn late)? Seems kinda rough to be up so close against deposit deadlines like that without having any idea of their aid offer.

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by 1515 » Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:50 pm

Yes, I got my aid package like less than 2 weeks before the deadline, IIRC. YMMV

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by strightning » Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:04 pm

The admitted student's handbook said that July 15 is the earliest we can move into housing, why would anyone want that if classes don't start until August and is there an extra cost for moving in around that time?

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by Brushedsuedeluvr » Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:23 pm

strightning wrote:
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:04 pm
The admitted student's handbook said that July 15 is the earliest we can move into housing, why would anyone want that if classes don't start until August and is there an extra cost for moving in around that time?
Maybe some people want a month+ to move in or do whatever. It's a personal thing and just an option.

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by aegor » Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:50 pm

I am matriculating this year after I deferred for a year. I had a couple of questions:

1) Is campus housing generally okay? I do not need anything fancy and being able to simply apply for conveniently-located housing rather than having to find housing on my own is appealing. That being said, if it is absolutely gross or otherwise uninhabitable or magnitudes more expensive than non-university housing, I could probably find something given the number of friends I have in the city.

2) I was awarded a Hamilton Fellowship and have to list areas of law or specific professors I would like to be my mentor. I do not currently have strong leanings into one area of law over another, so I am interested in knowing whether there are any particularly supportive, personable, or helpful professors that enjoy working with students. Or, if some other criterion for mentorship is more important, which professors may meet that.

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

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aegor wrote:
Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:50 pm
I am matriculating this year after I deferred for a year. I had a couple of questions:

1) Is campus housing generally okay? I do not need anything fancy and being able to simply apply for conveniently-located housing rather than having to find housing on my own is appealing. That being said, if it is absolutely gross or otherwise uninhabitable or magnitudes more expensive than non-university housing, I could probably find something given the number of friends I have in the city.

2) I was awarded a Hamilton Fellowship and have to list areas of law or specific professors I would like to be my mentor. I do not currently have strong leanings into one area of law over another, so I am interested in knowing whether there are any particularly supportive, personable, or helpful professors that enjoy working with students. Or, if some other criterion for mentorship is more important, which professors may meet that.
1) Yes.
2) You’d really benefit more from listing a substantive area of law. All the professors I’ve had and interacted with are amazing, suppprtive, kind individuals who want to see us flourish. That said, I found myself gravitating more towards, and feeling like I got more out of, speaking with professors who were interested in things that I like. My contracts professor was so kind and thoughtful, but his law/Econ focus was not very me. My torts professor was brilliant, and her focus on the intersection of public health and risk allocation was my cup of tea. To answer your question-all professors, in my experience, are supportive, personable, and enjoy working with students. Just think more on what you might be interested in and say that.

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by aegor » Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:45 am

Thank you for the prompt response! Campus housing seems to be in the cards, and I will try to narrow my interests to two or three areas for the purposes of mentorship.

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by casskow12 » Thu Mar 21, 2019 3:44 am

Admitted in January and likely attending CLS (waitlisted at H). I was reading through the companion thread on the old site and Jody Kraus came up as someone who gives an impossibly difficult, typo ridden MC contracts exam every year. Is this still the case/is he as awful as everyone says he is? Very early to be thinking about this but I want to be prepared if I get him as a prof in the fall.

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by Brushedsuedeluvr » Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:31 am

casskow12 wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 3:44 am
Admitted in January and likely attending CLS (waitlisted at H). I was reading through the companion thread on the old site and Jody Kraus came up as someone who gives an impossibly difficult, typo ridden MC contracts exam every year. Is this still the case/is he as awful as everyone says he is? Very early to be thinking about this but I want to be prepared if I get him as a prof in the fall.
Congrats! I didn’t have Kraus but some of my friends did-for what it’s worth, everyone in my section with a different professor thought our contracts exam was impossible too. I know some of my friends loathed Kraus, just as some of them loved him and wanted to take more classes with him. In any case, whether professors are nightmares or amazing is dependent on you! One poster here told me that I lucked out with my spring semester professors, but I don’t reallly like them.

As for preparing-you can’t really, but maybe read getting to maybe in the summer? Enjoy your time now! Worry about Kraus if and when he shows up in your schedule!

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by Kümmel » Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:47 am

Does anyone have the exact dimensions of the CLS diploma? All google tells me is that it's "irregular"

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by 1515 » Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:55 pm

The general consensus is that seminars are more work than they are worth in terms of credits, right?
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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by Nebby » Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:31 pm

1515 wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:55 pm
The general consensus is that seminars are more work than they worth in terms of credits, right?
I only took one but yes, imo.

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by NeverEverGiveUp » Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:41 am

how do you go about getting a RA position during the semester? is this open to 1Ls as well?

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by BarrySid » Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:30 pm

Generally agreed on seminars with one caveat.

Caveat: They can be good for balancing your semester, depending on how you manage time, take finals, etc. 2x seminars / 2x BLL worked really well for me. That said, my favorite seminar I took was probably more work than the two BLL courses I took that semester. I found professors assigned the work based on what they thought the class warranted (more often than not) rather than the credits awarded, so I avoided 2-credit classes like the plague, unless someone I knew vouched for them.

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by 1515 » Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:26 pm

I found professors assigned the work based on what they thought the class warranted (more often than not) rather than the credits awarded, so I avoided 2-credit classes like the plague, unless someone I knew vouched for them.
Isn't that the problem with seminars too, or do professors kind of tone it down a bit because they realize it's a seminar?

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by Nebby » Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:55 pm

Highly dependent on who teaches the seminar

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by BarrySid » Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:31 pm

100% what Nebby said.

Without specific information, one shouldn’t assume a 3-credit class will be less work than a 4-credit class or that a seminar will be less work than a BLL. If anything, based on my experience as noted above, seminars typically required more work than BLL, even if the BLL was more credit hours.

For NeverEverGiveUp, I know they used to post them (assuming you mean research assistant - I don’t know if they have resident advisor positions for law school students here) on Symplicity and email. I’m not sure where else. As for when you’re a 1L, I have no idea but doubt that you can and assume it wouldn’t be worth it if you could.

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Re: Columbia Students Taking Questions

Post by note1L » Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:36 pm

Does anyone have a syllabus for Leg-Reg with Briffault?

Thanks

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